I was absolutely thrilled to be sent a copy of the book Confessions of a Mother Inferior to review. If you read my Little Loves posts on Fridays, you will know I am a big fan of most books, with a particular persuasion towards those that might come under the ChickLit category. (Although I think the official name is Humour and Women’s Popular Fiction, according the publisher, Britain’s Next Bestseller.)
I love an easy-going read that makes me laugh, cry and feel a little bit better about myself. This book delivers. Reading this book is like sitting down with a good friend. Someone who just gets what being a mum is all about.
It’s no surprise that the book is so relatable, when you realise that the author, Ericka Waller, is also the author of the popular blog Mum in the South. Reading her blog I can definitely see how real life has influenced her fictional writings. The main character in Confessions of a Mother Inferior, Peta, is constantly being reminded of her failings, and inability to do everything perfectly, for herself, her husband and her children. Yet she also demonstrated how she can simultaneously be filled with love, compassion, patience and a fierce protectiveness, of those same family members. She even manages to make chaos sound hilarious, although I may ban blue crayons until my children are in Secondary School, and I may never go swimming again!
This book is full of truths, which makes it so likeable. Within that though, lies a story. One of suspicion, faith and unanswered questions. These are things that kept me turning the page.
To be critical, there are some typing errors in the text, which I’m sure will be ironed out in future editions. But let’s face it, if you’re reading my blog, chances are you will forgive the odd discrepancy!
What I really enjoyed about this book was the positivity. No matter what the hardship, no matter how tough things got, Peta always took time to stop and remember those less fortunate. A reminder to us all that when times are tough; stop, take stock and consider just how precious the job of being mum is. And remember, you’re probably doing a much better job than you think!
Confessions of a Mother Inferior is available to buy now on Amazon (click here). It’s currently priced at £8.99, which does seem a little pricey compared to rivals in this genre. However, if you work it out on a hourly entertainment rate, it’s definitely better value than going to the cinema or out for a meal. Plus, if you buy it, you’ll have a copy to hand next time you want a little reassurance that you’re not the only mum that feels like you should be doing a better job! And that, is pretty much priceless!